Spelling Bee

Date: March 2018
Location: Robert Morris University

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is proud to present the 68th Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee. The event will take place in March 2018 at Robert Morris University. The winner of this event will receive an all-expense paid trip to represent our region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May 2018.

How to enroll
In order for a student to participate in the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, his or her school must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee by the early-deadline on Monday, October 16, 2017. Schools can enroll by visiting www.spellingbee.com and paying the $151 entry fee. The fee for an individual home school family that is not part of a home school association is $105. Enrollment at the Scripps website will also serve as registration for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee. Schools are able to enroll by Friday, December 15, 2017, but is subject to a $75 late fee.

School eligibility
To enroll, a school must be part of the Post-Gazette’s spelling bee territory which includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer (except the city of Sharon), Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. *The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sponsors only the Huntingdon School District within Huntingdon County

Student eligibility
Each enrolled school can send one (1) representative to the Western Pa. Spelling Bee. Students must not have passed beyond eighth grade on or before February 1, 2018. A participant must not have reached his or her 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2017. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to hold a school-wide Spelling Bee by February 16, 2018, to choose their representative. Please note: Students from a school that is not registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization WILL NOT be permitted to participate in the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

Benefits of enrollment
In addition to satisfying the eligibility requirements to send one student to the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, enrollment earns a school everything needed to conduct a Spelling Bee, such as study materials for students, a Pronouncers Guide for teachers, rules and certificates.

Important dates
Oct. 16, 2017 ‐ Deadline to enroll your school at www.spellingbee.com and due date for the $151 enrollment fee. Your enrollment also registers your school with the Post-Gazette for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

Dec. 15, 2017 ‐ Late-enrollment deadline, subject to $75 late fee after October 16, 2017.

Feb. 16, 2018 ‐ Deadline to submit the name of one (1) student who will represent your school at the Western Pa. Spelling Bee. Visit your school’s log-in page www.spellingbee.com to register your speller.

March 02, 2018 ‐ Schools and participating students will be notified about their specific start time for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

March 2018 ‐ Western Pa. Spelling Bee at Robert Morris University.

May 2018 ‐ Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

For more information
To learn more about the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, contact Andrea Krushinski at akrushinski@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3518.

Robert Morris University

Carnegie Science Center

2014 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2013 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2012 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2011 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2010 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2009 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results


Spelling Bee rules
Where did the term "spelling bee" come from?
Past champions